Our Team

We are focused on offering a friendly, safe, nurturing
and secure environment for children

Learn more about the Natural Beginnings Childcare Centre team!

Our highly trained educators are passionate about the childcare industry, each having their own story about what they love most about being a part of our childcare centre. Our educators are dedicated to creating fun and engaging programs that cater to the needs of every child in their care, giving every child the opportunity to grow and learn through play. For more information contact our Cairns childcare centre!

Antonette Patterson | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Antonette Patterson
Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Antonette has been with Natural Beginnings for 2 years and holds her Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has been in Australia for 2 and half years- she originally came from the Philippines. Her hobbies are attending music festivals and concerts and traveling with her husband.

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Alison Bofinger
Diploma in Children Services

Alison have been at Natural Beginnings Childcare for 4 years. She has a Diploma in Children Services and have been in the early childhood sector for 15 years. Alison has 3 beautiful children and love spending every spare minute with them. She has a passion for connecting children to nature as she feels this education method has been lost in the age of technology.

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Shayleigh Cantatore
Diploma in Children Services

Shayleigh has been with Natural Beginnings for 2 years and is currently the lead educator in Nursery. She has two children Lillie 6 months and Hunter 2. She has her Diploma in Children Services. Her hobbies are fishing and camping with her family
Studying Cert III in Early Childhood and Care

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Madi Ogilvie
Studying Cert III in Early Childhood and Care

Hi I’m Madi Ogilvie. I have been working in childcare for almost 2 years. I am currently studying my certificate III in Early Childhood, with plans to continue on to my diploma this year. In my spare time I love to travel, especially to Japan, and I love spending time with my large family of 3 younger brothers and sisters. What I love most about working at Natural Beginnings Childcare Centre, is being able to nurture, teach, explore and grow with the children. It is very rewarding.

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Crystal Garner
Studying my Diploma of Early Childhood and Care

Hi I’m Crystal Garner. I’m currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I’ve only just begun my career as an educator in early childhood and have worked at Natural Beginnings Childcare Centre since September 2018. I couldn’t imagine myself in any other career. I have learnt so much while working here and have met so many amazing children. I love interacting with them every day and assisting them in their development.

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Bridie Jensen
Diploma in Children’s Services

Hi, I’m Bridie Jensen and I have been working in child care for 12 years. I have recently completed my Diploma in Children’s Services. I have been part of the team at Natural Beginnings Childcare Centre for 1.5 years. I find my job very rewarding.

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Jeanette Owston
Cert III in Early in Childhood and Care

Hi, I’m Jeanette Owston and I currently work in the Junior Kindy room.  I have been employed at Natural Beginnings Childcare Centre for over a year and love it. My previous employment was with the Education Department in SA, NT and at Mt Isa, working with young children within Special School settings.
I enjoy walking, sketching and love camping, but only if l can go back to a motel room at night!
I love working with children, watching them grow and develop. There is joy and wonder everywhere when you see the world through the eyes of a child.

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Corey Reitano
Cert III in Early Childhood and Care, Studying Diploma in Early Childhood and Care.

Hi I’m Corey. I believe that each child is unique, who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my mission as an educator to help children meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.  I have interests in computers, gaming and enjoy spending time with my family and my latest interest that I have found is robotics.  I believe I can expand my interests into a STEM/robotics program for the school aged children at Natural Beginnings Childcare Centre.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics. These 4 areas can be integrated into a cohesive learning paradigm, which can be based on real-world applications.

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Di Kiessling
Diploma in children services, Senior Kindy lead Educator

Hi, I’m Di. I love the delightful way that children view the world and hope to foster a sense of curiosity and wonder. Books and nursery rhymes play an important role in my program, teaching literacy and encouraging children to imagine the impossible.  Teaching children to become independent is important to me. I aim to help the children at Natural Beginnings Childcare Centre to become self-reliant and develop confidence and autonomy as they develop the skills necessary to manage daily life. I believe children should be provided with opportunities to learn about nature and the interconnectivity of all things. All children should be supported, curiosity should be encouraged, and that everyone deserves a “fair go”. Childhood should be full of fun, colour, investigation, experimentation, stories, songs, happiness, and most of all love, laughter and getting our hands dirty!

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Louise Kelly
Bachelor of Early Childhood and Care

Hi, I’m Louise. I am the Early Childhood Teacher in the Kindergarten and have been at Natural Beginnings Childcare Centre for 7 years.  Five important facts about myself are:

  1. My dog is probably the most spoilt child in the world.
  2. I am an avid Socceroos fan
  3. I am also a loyal Blues supporter. This has been tested a lot the last few years.
  4. I love to travel and experience the history and culture of the places I go to.
  5. While I have a wealth of knowledge about plants I absolutely hate gardening.

My favourite thing as an educator is helping children to explore and expand their interests and knowledge base. I also enjoy coming up with new and innovative experiences to challenge your children.  I predominantly follow a Reggio Emilia approach to learning as I believe that the most important skills a child should learn is the ability to question and challenge.

I am looking forward to getting to know your children and families throughout the coming year.

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Wendy Wegener
Studying Diploma in Early Childhood and Care

Hi, I’m Wendy and I have been in childcare for around 10 years now, 2 of which have been at Natural Beginnings Childcare Centre. I first got into childcare, so I could still be around my son when he was younger and learn from and engage with other children at the same time. I love being a mother and getting to nurture and watch other people’s children grow is an added joy. I am an avid Roosters fan and love watching New South Wales beat Queensland in the State of Origin series.

Alison Bofinger | Childcare Centre Cairns | Kindergarten

Shona Davis
Currently studying a Diploma in Early Childhood

Hi, I’m is Miss Shonha! I’m an early childhood educator. This will be my third year working at Natural Beginnings Childcare Centre.

I have recently accepted the position of the Ranger and I look forward to providing the children with many opportunities to help learn, care and bond with our beautiful animals.

I’m currently studying the Diploma of Early Childhood. I believe a fun filled learning environment is the perfect way for children to express themselves, learn, have fun and build friendships and self-confidence.

I’m a very nurturing and caring educator who respects and values all children’s individuality, interest and cultures. As an educator I ensure that I engage with the children and support their interests and help provide activities that create fun and happy memories.

Working in early childhood is a privilege and I absolutely love my job and I look forward to continuing my studies and growing as an educator.